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The IRA and Political Polarization in the United States

Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) launched an extended attack on the United States by using computational propaganda to misinform and polarize US voters. This report provides the first major analysis of this attack based on data provided by social media firms to the Senate Select ...

2018-12-18T11:10:26+00:00December 17th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Climate Change Consensus and Skepticism: Mapping Climate Change Dialogue on Twitter and Facebook

Concerns are growing about the polarization of the climate change debate. Despite broad consensus among scientists that climate change is both occurring and anthropogenic, a vocal movement expresses skepticism about the validity of the scientific consensus. In this data memo, we analyze the climate change ...

2018-11-28T08:57:18+00:00November 28th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption on Social Media During the 2018 US Midterm Elections

In the United States, social media platforms serve significant volumes of junk political news and information during important moments in political life—particularly elections. In this data memo, we examine the sources of political news and information that were shared by social media users in the ...

2018-11-01T10:22:11+00:00November 1st, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

News and Political Information Consumption in Brazil: Mapping the 2018 Brazilian Presidential Election on Twitter

Abstract In Brazil, there are rising concerns over computational propaganda and the political polarization it may cause. In this data memo, we analyze data about political news and information shared over Twitter in the period leading up to the 2018 Brazilian presidential election. We find ...

2018-10-05T13:55:24+00:00October 5th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

News and Political Information Consumption in Sweden: Mapping the 2018 Swedish General Election on Twitter

Abstract In Sweden, concerns over misinformation and computational propaganda and their effect on the democratic process are on the rise. In this data memo, we analyse political news and information shared over Twitter in the period leading up to the 2018 Swedish General Election. We ...

2018-09-06T00:11:09+00:00September 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

Challenging Truth and Trust: A Global Inventory of Organized Social Media Manipulation

 The manipulation of public opinion over social media platforms has emerged as a critical threat to public life. Around the world, a range of government agencies and political parties are exploiting social media platforms to spread junk news and disinformation, exercise censorship and control, and ...

2018-08-09T01:34:05+00:00July 20th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|

News and Political Information Consumption in Mexico: Mapping the 2018 Mexican Presidential Election on Twitter and Facebook

In Mexico, there are rising concerns over computational propaganda and the political polarization it may cause. In this data memo, we analyze data about political news and information shared over Twitter and Facebook in the period leading up to the 2018 Mexican presidential election. We ...

2018-06-29T18:06:36+00:00June 29th, 2018|Working Papers & Data Memos|

Polarization, Partisanship and Junk News Consumption over Social Media in the US

What kinds of social media users read junk news? We examine the distribution of the most significant sources of junk news in the three months before President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union Address. Drawing on a list of sources that consistently publish political ...

2018-07-29T21:34:50+00:00February 6th, 2018|Research, Working Papers & Data Memos|